Ra Pu Zel and the Stinky Tofu
Ra Pu Zel and the Stinky Tofu

Ra Pu Zel and the Stinky Tofu

By Ying Chang Compestine


Publication Date: January 2, 2024

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Ages 5 to 8, Grades K to 3

A playful, feminist retelling of Rapunzel with a Chinese-cuisine twist

The story of Rapunzel where she’s being locked in a tower by a witch is a good one—but it’s not totally the truth.

The real story is about a young princess in China named Ra Pu Zel who doesn’t want to talk to princes or look proper. What Pu Zel wants is to cook and eat in peace, her long hair neatly braided to keep it out of her food. And when she gets tired of everyone telling her what to do, she locks herself in a tower with her dog Bao. Although princes from everywhere try to convince her to come down, it’s not until a young chef arrives with an intriguing food to share that Ra Pu Zel finally has a reason.

About the Author

Ying Chang Compestine is an award-winning author, speaker, and television host. She has written twenty-five books for adults and children, including the acclaimed novel Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party, which chronicles her experience of growing up in China during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. A leading national authority on Asian culture and cuisine and the former food editor for Martha Stewart’s Whole Living magazine, Ying is frequently invited to lecture at schools and organizations around the world. She currently lives in the Bay Area with her husband and son.

Author Residence: Emeryville, CA

Crystal Kung is an artist from Taiwan. She has BFAs from Shih Chien University and the California Institute of the Arts, and works as a character designer at Pixar Animation Studios. She lives in the San Francisco area. This is her first book.

Illustrator Residence:San Francisco, CA

Format: Hardcover

Length: 40 pages

Publisher: Rocky Pond Books

Publication Date: January 2, 2024

ISBN: 9780593533055

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